Troublemaking

18 Jul

Some gorgeous drawings en plein air from Patricia McKenna-Jones, please check them out 😀

 

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Soggy Scribbling

17 Jul

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Here are a couple more of my soggy scribblings from the Troublemakers Festival over the weekend. It was a sopping Saturday and my fellow Plebeian Scribblers – Melvyn Williams, Patricia McKenna-Jones and Chris Harrendence – stood on Swansea’s High Street and drew for a couple of hours. We got wet. Very wet. So did the sketchbooks. Now I have to work out how to dry out an entire sketchbook without it crinkling or going mouldy.

Melvyn photographed all our drawings and put them into a short video …..

 

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Like A Loaded Brush

16 Jul

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Yesterday I drew in the rain with my fellow Plebeian Scribblers during the Troublemakers arts festival. It was challenging! The sketchbooks quickly got soaked and my drawing pens didn’t work so I changed to a graphite stick and that worked really well. The water on the paper turned the graphite into liquid and it flowed like a loaded brush. Nice.

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For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Townhill Boy

15 Jul

Townhill Boy

Today I drew for two hours in rain with the public drawing group, The Plebeian Scribblers, along with fellow artists Chris Harrendence, Melvyn Williams and Patricia McKenna-Jones, We were doing our street drawing as part of the Troublemaker’s Festival organised by Volcano on High Street in Swansea. Being Wales, we can’t rely on getting fine weather in the summer and so it rained. And it rained. And it rained some more. This was a challenge for our sketchbooks and drawing materials but graphite sticks won the day, they liked drawing on soaking wet paper. I was drawing a rather boring wig shop window when someone stood in front of me, a Townhill Boy, and it gave the drawing the focus it needed. I put the book onto the pavement to take the photo, you can see how wet it was.

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Hunting The Wild Megalith

14 Jul

HUNTING THE WILD MEGALITH: A FILM, A CONVERSATION, AN EXHIBITION

Monday July 31st, 6.00 – 7.30, Cinema & Co, Swansea

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Looking happy (not) with my drawing board

Mud! Gales! Snow! Lurking ponies! Scary cattle! More Mud! That’s what you get when an artist, a prehistorian and a filmmaker go out and about over the South Wales countryside hunting ancient stone monuments.

This collaboration between Dewi Bowen , Melvyn Williams and me began back at the start of 2016 when Dewi enlisted us to travel with him to Neolithic and Bronze Age sites to research his latest book, “Hunting The Wild Megalith”.

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Filmmaker Melvyn Williams with the Bryn Maen Farm stone

Eighteen months later, this meeting of minds has resulted in my current exhibition at Swansea’s Cinema & Co, a short film by Melvyn and the bulk of the research done for Dewi’s book. On July 31st my exhibition ends but on that last evening, Melvyn will be premiering his short film, at 6.30 and then Dewi will be in conversation with Melvyn, from 6.50, about the age-old mystery of Welsh standing stones.

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Prehistorian Dewi Bowen lounges on an Iron Age settee

Here’s a trailer to give you a taste of what’s to come.

 

And the quirky and lovely Cinema & Co is showing cult 1970’s movie The Wicker Man from 8pm (please book tickets for the film online in advance).

 

And there will be cake!

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For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

When The Postman Knocked

13 Jul

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For a few years now, I’ve entered the Leftovers international miniature print exchange, organised by the lovely printmakers at Wingtip Press, Boise, Idaho, USA. Printmakers from all over the world send an edition of 14 tiny original prints, done on pieces of leftover paper, and in return twelve are selected at random and sent back, so we can build up our own print collections. I was so excited today when the postman knocked because there was a tough cardboard envelope from America with my 12 lovely little leftovers inside. They’re gorgeous, with etchings, linocuts, digital, screenprint and letterpress. I love them.

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Here’s the one I sent over to the USA, a stitched and stamped piece with chine collé based on my hero, Käthe Kollwitz.

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

A Nice Manhole

12 Jul

Here’s a short interview with me, here, about the two events I’m taking part in this coming weekend, July 15th and 16th with The Plebeian Scribblers and The Plebeian Printmakers. I’ll be up to arty shenanigans with hordes of other arty types in a 4 day arty party on Swansea’s High Street starting tomorrow courtesy of @VolcanoUK‘s Troublemakers Festival Fringe .

Hmmmmm, whatever can I be planning to do with this lovely manhole? I like a nice manhole. Check out The Plebeian Printmakers on Sunday July 16th from 13.00 – 15.30 to see what we do with manholes.

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For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Violent When Brushed

10 Jul

 

I did a quick scribble this evening into my tiny A7 size sketchbook with a biro (ballpoint) pen. It’s been a busy day; I went to Cardiff on the bus for two meetings with fellow artists, planning arty collaborations, and then I got travel sick on the way home. Not nice. So I’ve only just felt like having a scribble. Here she is, the scruffiest of cats, Ming The Merciless showing her best side. She’s brushed every night, despite being seriously violent, but she is always a total scruff. Bit like me really. Although I’m not violent when I’m brushed. Well, not often.

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

Primitive And Clunky

9 Jul

Went for a longish walk this afternoon in the continuing heatwave and we kept up a cracking pace and I didn’t have time to do a scribble in my sketchbook.  So I grabbed my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 when I was sitting down chilling out with a cup of iced green tea (oooh get me) with my tired old feet up on the pouffe and I thought “Oh go on then, scribble these.” I try to do a scribble every day. It’s not great art but it’s practice and it’s keeping me physically and mentally in tune with my drawing skills. I use a free Markers app which is quite primitive and clunky, but frankly I don’t have the time or inclination to research,  buy and start using a new, more expansive app.

A Different Way

8 Jul

I’ve started to use my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tablet again for drawing,  with a free Markers app, and I’m approaching it in a different way,  being much more experimental than before. I haven’t drawn with it for a couple of years and I am being freer with it. I built up this portrait head in many layers, using mostly my fingers with some fine stylus work around the facial features. I think I am taking more risks with it because there’s no expense involved,  if it doesn’t work out I can delete it and start again. 

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